Peeps Sunflower Cake Recipe

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Peeps Sunflower Cake Recipe
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Peeps Sunflower Cake Recipe

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The inspiration for this cake came from one of my favorite flowers, the sunflower. The yellow peeps make eye-catching flower petals, and I carefully placed chocolate chips in a circular pattern to resemble the seeds in the middle of a sunflower. This cake is easy, but looks quite impressive. —Bethany Eledge, Cleveland, Tennessee
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting
  • 19 to 20 yellow chick Peeps candies
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (assorted sizes)

Directions

Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two parchment paper-lined and greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a long serrated knife to make level. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
For petals, arrange Peeps around edge of cake, curving slightly and being careful not to separate chicks. For sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in center of cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Thick frosting tends to tear cake. For easier spreading, try thinning it with 1-2 teaspoons water.
  • Tweezers come in handy when arranging chocolate chips.
  • Keeping Peeps connected works great for decorating this cake. But you can also cut them apart and arrange individual chicks around the cake's perimeter. Either method yields an adorable result.
  • Originally published as Peeps Sunflower Cake in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p67

    Nutritional Facts

    1 slice: 679 calories, 30g fat (10g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 417mg sodium, 105g carbohydrate (83g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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    • 1 yellow cake mix (regular size)
    • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting
    • 19 to 20 yellow chick Peeps candies
    • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (assorted sizes)
    1. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two parchment paper-lined and greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
    2. If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a long serrated knife to make level. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
    3. For petals, arrange Peeps around edge of cake, curving slightly and being careful not to separate chicks. For sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in center of cake. Yield: 12 servings.

    Test Kitchen Tips
  • Thick frosting tends to tear cake. For easier spreading, try thinning it with 1-2 teaspoons water.
  • Tweezers come in handy when arranging chocolate chips.
  • Keeping Peeps connected works great for decorating this cake. But you can also cut them apart and arrange individual chicks around the cake's perimeter. Either method yields an adorable result.
  • Originally published as Peeps Sunflower Cake in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p67

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    picklesconway User ID: 8622889 285744
    Reviewed Mar. 28, 2018

    "I made this Peeps cake for a volunteer tea at our Animal Shelter. It was a hit. Turned out exactly like photo. It took two hours from start to finish allowing for cooling time. I used large bittersweet chips and filled in with semisweet mini chips and then sprinkled leftover peeps sugar on top. You have to separate the peeps to get the roundness. My cake took 18 Peeps. I used box yellow mix doctored with vanilla pudding mix, extra egg etc. Like in recipes you can search to improve a cake mix Used chocolate marshmallow frosting in can and added 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. It needs two cans. I sliced the cake along side each separated peeps which made for thin slices but was plenty since it is sweet. If you still had the Peeps connected slicing would be more difficult for sure."

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    picklesconway User ID: 8622889 285743
    Reviewed Mar. 28, 2018

    "I made this peep cake for a volunteer tea at our Animal Shelter. It was a hit. Turned out exactly like photo. It took two hours from start to finish allowing for cooling time. I used large bittersweet chips and filled in with semisweet mini chips and then sprinkled leftover peep sugar on top. You have to separate the peeps to get the roundness. My cake took 18 Peeps. I used box yellow mix doctored with vanilla pudding mix, extra egg etc. Like in recipes you can Google to improve a cake mix Used chocolate marshmallow frosting in can and added 1)2 tsp vanilla extract. It needs two cans. I sliced the cake along side each separated peep which made for thin slices but was plenty since it is sweet. If you still had the Peeps connected slicing would be more difficult for sure."

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    laughingloudly User ID: 5560477 264339
    Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

    "I made this for my sister-in-law's birthday this past weekend. She loves peeps and flowers. It was a hit! The best part was that it was super easy for presentation-challenged bakers like me! The cake actually looked like the picture! :-)"

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    debs951 User ID: 4246813 248052
    Reviewed May. 10, 2016

    "Went over GREAT at Easter!! Had fun making it, too!"

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    klutzy17 User ID: 8553490 246658
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

    "So cute!"

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    lurky27 User ID: 1251896 246146
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

    "Oh so fun & fabulous for Easter!

    - Theresa"

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    Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 232895
    Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

    "I have made this cake several times. It is so simple, but so darn cute!"

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    xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 224676
    Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

    "I used my own cake recipe but this was a cute presentation."

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    [email protected] User ID: 3107527 224321
    Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

    "I made this for my Granddaughters Easter dinner...it was a huge success. However I bought the yellow bunny peeps by mistake. Since they had petal like ears they worked really well. Thank you for a great recipe that can be changed for different occasions."

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    dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 224145
    Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

    "Made this for Easter and it turned out so cute! The store was all out of the yellow Easter chick peeps so I bought orange ones and it looks just as nice. :)"

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